For a headset that costs $119, there isn’t much to the EPOS H3. It’s a wired gaming headset with a 3.5mm connection, and that’s about it. But there are some nice touches to its build that make it quite a nice headset to use. So yes, the EPOS H3 isn’t perfect, but it does justify its cost.
ROCCAT is all things PC gaming hardware: keyboards, mice, and headsets. The latest in the wireless line that end in “Air”, is the Syn Pro Air, an impressive sounding but flawed headset. This is a headset that actually hurt to wear, one of few I’ve had to induce so pressure I couldn’t wear them for long. The Syn Pro Air’s sound quality is bolstered by its 50mm drivers, but ROCCAT simply doesn’t quite nail this one with lackluster software and being a painful to wear headset.
Gaming Headsets run the gamut in quality and cost. At $299, the Audeze Penrose gaming headset sits on the higher end of that spectrum and delivers a rich audio sound, thanks in part to its 100mm planar magnetic drivers. Although considering its Audeze’s least expensive option for gaming headsets, the Penrose still feels like a great choice in that price range.
LucidSound has been my go-to headset company for a few years now. This new iteration of their flagship headset assure me that trend will continue. The LS41s follow their predecessors in their comfortable ear cup design, flexibility in use, and quality sound. The LS41 headset makes some big new changes. Let’s dive in to those upgrades.
It’s hard to dispute the value and importance of a quality headset for a solid gaming experience. A good headset is the difference between playing a game and experiencing it. It is the crucial element in clear communication with your team in competitive play. It is the tactical advantage in a tense situation. Having serious hardware for your ears that lets you hear clearly and effectively is as essential to your gameplay experience as your monitor, your mouse, or your GPU.
ASTRO Gaming has had a fantastic year so far. They released their first controller with the C40 TR controller, then followed that the A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR, and now the A50 Wireless Headset + Base Station is here, and a perfect way to finish the year strong. The A40 is a wired headset; with the A50 being for those who don’t want to be tethered, have fantastic audio quality, free of wires and entanglement. While this fourth generation headset that has some concessions, don’t mistake the ASTRO A50 Wireless Headset + Base Station for being anything less than incredible all-around.
Turtle Beach’s most exciting offering in years is the Recon Spark. It sports a white and purple color profile, giving it its personality and packs a punch with that trademark Turtle Beach sound to give it that confidence. The Recon Spark should be Turtle Beach’s flagship headset, as it is aesthetically the most eye-pleasing headset to-date. The Turtle Beach Recon Spark is universal, comfortable, and durable headset that provides quality for its modest price.
The ASTRO A40 TR Headset and MixAmp Pro TR are a winning combination. Back in 2016, I reviewed the third generation of the A40 TR Headset and MixAmp Pro TR, to which I gave it our highest rating, and believed it to be the best of the best for desktop and console audio. With ASTRO Gaming’s fourth generation release, my feelings are stronger now than they were then. The updates and changes for the 2019 version just has to be heard to be believed. ASTRO Gaming’s combination of the A40 TR headset and MixAmp Pro TR makes for an uncompromising and unbelievably great audio.